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Dr. Evans' Message
January 2011

"I Was There"

In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his celebrated “I Have a Dream” speech: "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’”  Yes, Dr. King spoke of dreams, but he was also the voice of hope.
As I think about this critical juncture – a unique moment in time for our school district – I find myself reflecting on Dr. King’s inspiring words.  I can remember hearing his speech for the first time and trying to envision the world as he described it.  Could I dare to believe? 

Sometimes I think that the students, parents, and teachers of our school district still struggle with daring to dream or in believing that change is possible.

But what if you were told that this is the year that Paterson Public Schools will change for the better?  What will you say when our test scores improve and our students are engaged and anxious to learn more?  And who will you tell when your child comes home with a plan to go to college?

Together, through our District’s Strategic Plan, we have already made significant changes throughout the district, and we will continue to make many more.  We can and will bring about change, but this requires help and support from each and everyone one of you!

We have a vision to be a leader in educating New Jersey’s urban youth.  I believe in this vision and I hope that you do too.  It is my dream that years from now you will be able to tell your children and grandchildren that the change we had all been waiting for came in 2011 – and “I was there”.

Happy New Year!

Donnie W. Evans, Ed.D.
State District Superintendent
Paterson Public Schools

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